How to pick the right air conditioning quote

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Comparing air conditioning quotes can be difficult due to the different brands and units.

To make sure you are comparing apples with apples, consider the following: the inclusion of debris and old replaced items removal, warranty periods and terms, the availability of the original installer for service and repair, the amount of deposit required, the installation timeframe, the cost of additional items such as a timer or thermostat, and the level of support and training offered to you.

Ensuring the company has the necessary insurance and licensing is also essential. Considering these factors, you can make a more informed decision when choosing an air conditioning system.

How to check out an air conditioning quote?

You need a new air conditioning system and got a few air con quotes in front of you, and you’re trying to compare. It’s hard to tell which brand or unit is the best deal because they are different.

Maybe it’s time to return to the various companies and clarify a few more matters. This allows you to compare apples with apples. Here are 7 helpful tips to assist you in this task.

1. Are you keeping it clean?

Ask the installation company if all debris and old items will be removed as part of the air conditioning quote.

Ensure that all the rubbish, all the drilling dust, and everything involved in the works is swept up and going with them. So maybe ask: If you install my aircon system after you leave, I want the place to look like before you arrive.

No packaging left behind, no drill dust, and pieces of electrical wiring. Is this how you understand it too? Make sure you get a YES from the winning air conditioner quote company.

 2. What are the warranty periods and terms?

The two most important questions regarding the warranty are: What type of warranty do you get, and how long does it last?

Please find out regarding your warranty if the parts and labour are included and for how many years. This allows you to compare product warranties. Also, ask the installation company about their workmanship warranty and get some paperwork. This is the warranty by the actual installation company regarding their work, such as cabling and ducting.

person writing on piece of paper
Always consider your warranties and compare them with other quotes prior to signing a solar contract

3. If I have a problem, can I call the original air conditioning quote installer? 

Ask: Who do I call if I have an issue in years to come? Maybe also ask if your installation company is a service agent for the brand they just sold to you. If they are, the after-sale service can come from the same company.

I always like the people who initially installed it to be also the ones who can service it. So that’s an important consideration regarding your air conditioning quote.

4. How much deposit?

Is there a deposit included in your air conditioning quote before they come out to install your system, and if so, how much? It should not be 50% of the final cost, but more like 10-30% maximum for air conditioning.

To be fair to the installer, you would be expected to pay the final amount pretty much on the day of the installation. This is because the air conditioning industry works on low margins, and the cash flow can be tight.

5. What is the installation timeframe? 

Installing the system can be a crucial consideration when selecting the eventual supplier. Of course, it’s always a fundamental question because some companies quickly quote and lock you in.

Sometimes it is difficult to get a precise installation date in the middle of summer. This is due to installers being very busy with replacements and repairs. Make sure you get that information locked in before you sign up. A prompt installation date could be why you go with one company over another.

installer working on outdoor air conditioning unit
Ensure a specific timeframe for installation before signing a contract

6. What will be the future running costs of this particular air conditioning unit? 

Split system air conditioners do add to your home’s electricity consumption. Make sure you ask: How much electricity will this new unit use per day? What electricity costs per day would you expect?

You want the installer to give you a bit of an estimate on the air conditioning quote, based on the planned running period and the unit size. This is important, as some air-conditioning units are more efficient than others.

7. What is the noise level of the outdoor unit?

See if you can compare the noise levels, especially of the outdoor unit, between the various models. Finding a suitable outdoor position for an air conditioning unit can be difficult.

Sometimes it is impossible to avoid an installation close to a bedroom window, yours or the neighbour’s. In such cases, we recommend installing the quietest unit; this could be your key consideration.

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